Does anyone have a dog with hip dysplasia? So sad…

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

awww I’m sorry. My ILs sheltie had hip dysplasia, they found out a few months after they got him. They opted to have surgery right away and the poor thing had a cone one for quite a while! After it healed he was all good but in his older age you can definitely tell his hips were bothering him a lot. He would constantly come up to you and want you to rub his “butt” when it’s really his hips that needed some massaging.

It’s so sad when our pets are ill. 🙁

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I haven’t dealt with it yet, but our chocolate lab who is 4 1/2 is showing signs of it. When he really gets into a sprint run or chases the puppy for extended periods, he limps for quite awhile. He’s having trouble getting up the stairs sometimes, not everyday, but at least once a week. Then the kicker for me that had me worried was when he was trying to get in bed with me wednesday night, he couldn’t get the strength in his backside to jump up. He just sat his paws and head up on the bead. I’m looking into supplements and he had his annual checkup next month so we will see what the vet says. I just don’t want my baby to hurt!

 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Would you consider looking into something like Rimadyl to help manage the pain?

We adopted at ~5yr old Rottie/Shar Pei mix a couple years ago and knew she was having issues right out of the gate. After long walks she would limp, would have trouble or at least look strained when pulling herself up from lying down and after a long period of lying down would stand keeping her weight off her hind end. When she would eat breakfast, you could actually see her hind legs tottering off the ground.

We found out she has mild hip dysplasia but her real problem was a bum knee… but up until her surgery, we put her on Rimadyl which greatly improved her quality of life. Now post surgery, because her HD is so mild she needs no pain management, but we always have a few rimdayl on hand for a random bad day (like after a huge trip in the car etc).

Having her knee replaced was a really trying process. The recovery process was heart breaking, but she’s a totally different dog now. She acts like a pup again. For us the surgery was totally worth it in the end. That said, our vet also talked to us about the surgeries available for HD and they seemed pretty radical… I really don’t know if I could do it all again x2 legs. Its tough, but your pup being a little younger (and assuming he doesn’t have bad muscle atrophy) might handle a recovery a lot better… but it could be worth looking into pain management first to see what difference that makes.

Good luck and I hope he’s feeling better soon!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@missgreen I wish I could figure out how to post pics from my iPhone. Our ruffers could be twins!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Initially our vet prescribed it for chronic pain. She took half a pill twice a day kind of thing… but my husband and I weren’t comfortable keeping her on it daily for all that long. We eventually made the decision to cut back her dosage, then eventually just started giving it to her on a needs basis. Even with her bum knee (which was full of arthritic spurs ontop of her blown ACL) we didn’t feel she was in pain all day every day, it just flared up after a longer walk, or if she tried to play with another dog etc. so I think our vets dosage was kind of overkill. Its an NSAID, so after a while we kind of just gave it to her like we would an ibuprofen for ourselves. It seemed to make a difference, but obviously for her was just a bandaid with the surgery being the solution.

There might be something better suited out there than Rimdayl specifically, but their bad days, like you know, are heartbreaking and its nice to know you can provide some relief. Here’s hoping his progression is very slow!!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have a 6 year old beagle that was just recently diagnosed with hip dysplasia. She also has some cervical disk issues. She does well most days, but every once in awhile, she’s in so much pain that with just about every step she lets out a yelp. On her worst days, she is barely able to pee outside. We currently have her on a glucosamine supplement daily and when she gets to the point of yelping, we give her an anti-inflammatory that seems to help a lot! I have not yet discussed surgical options with the vet, because I feel like if it gets to that point, I think it might be best just to put her down. I can’t fathom her already being in excruciating pain and then going through surgery for hip replacements when there is no guarantee that things will return to pre-dysplasia state. Its tough to even think about it.

One of the things that we do with both dogs to help with their joints is swimming. There is a dog pool not far from my house that we go to several times throughout the week. There are very few beagles there, but TONS and TONS of labs–and they all do very well!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@MrsDrRose612:  Thanks! I’ll look into amazon for sure!

 

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Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My Newfoundland dog has sound hips, but he has arthritic changes in his elbows and shoulders, that cause him pain after lots of activity. We use Deramaxx prior to activity when we anticipate any higher than normal level of activity, and that has helped him a lot. Before starting to use prophylactic deramaxx he would be in so much pain that he couldn’t get off the ground without help, and even with our assistance, he would cry and yelp when we lifted him to get hom outside to potty and such. His pain episodes would last 1-2 days after extra activity. Now we just give him one pill prior, and maybe 1 pill 12 hours later, and he is fine.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m a vet, so here’s my opinion. If you can afford it, there are surgeries that can help manage your dog’s hips. Hip dysplasia isn’t the problem in itself; it’s the secondary arthritic changes that cause the pain, so these surgeries are designed to work around that. Femoral head ostectomy is one surgery that can help improve quality of life; total hip replacements are pricy but also an excellent option. Your regular vet can probably do an FHO; a total hip replacement would be done by an orthopedic specialist. The bony arthritic changes aren’t reversible, so you should talk to your vet about surgical options before his hips get too bad. For conservative management, Glucosamine chondroitin supplements are great; also making sure your dog stays at a lean body weight is one of the most important factors in keeping them comfortable. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Rimadyl, Deramaxx, Previcox can all be used to help with the pain, but these are lifelong meds and you will need to have periodic bloodwork monitoring while your dog is on them.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hip dyspcaia is common in certain pure bread dogs. Even when they come from breeders.  Shepards especially!!  (I’m an certified animal care aid who worked for the humane society) 

Cross breed dogs tend to actually have less problems & are generally healthier. 

Anyway, my best suggest I’ve heard is shark cartilage. It’s supposed to work wonders. Just spinkle on their foOd. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We have a 2 year -4 month old lab mix that was diagnosed with HD at 1 year old. It’s tough, but we’ve been doing great.

Our dog had his first surgery in January 2011, on his right hip. We went with an FHO (femoral head ostectomy) surgery, as he just wasn’t a candidate for a THR (total hip replacement). He just had his second FHO (left side this time) this past Wednesday.

We opted for surgery earlier in life, to let him live a life of less pain. Our dog would limp within about 45mins of going to the dog park (sometimes even sooner), but the next day would be fine. Our trainer had the same surgery done on her dog (both hips as well) and he faired well, so we went for it.

Have you had x-rays done? I have mine posted on the blog, if you wanted something to compare to. We found that both sides of our boy were bad, and oddly enough, the ‘better side’ was the one causing him the pain to begin with.

I started a blog about my dogs recovery process last year. I made it to 2 weeks, then forgot to update. I’m starting it again for his recovery this time around and hopefully can keep up with it. If you want the link, message me and I’ll send it to you. Also, there is a Canine HD group on Yahoo. That group really helped me through his diagnosis.

Our vet recommened GylcoFlex 3 for our dog, so we have him on that. If you aren’t interested in surgery right now, what about talking to your vet about adequan shots? We talked to ours about going this route after his first surgery, but decided to just do the other leg as well, due to the upfront cost of the shots.

If you are looking into surgical options, look into NC State. I had called over there last year – I wish I could remember pricing. It was cheaper than here, but more than VA Tech I believe. I had called both schools to see costs on a THR, as we really wanted to do that to begin with (before we were told it wasn’t an option for him). You can get a referral from your regular vet to go to these places, and often times it will save you a lot of money.

Be careful with using NSAIDs (like Rimadyl) to manage the pain, especially in labs. I’ve seen a lot of issues with it in labs (including in my other dog, a purebred lab). If you go this route, talk to your vet about what to watch for. It was the black runny stools that gave it away with our other pup. If it’s going to be used for an extended peroid of time, I’d be having bloodwork done every so often to make sure there are no organ problems.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@missgreen thank you!! Here’s my baby. 

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He’s 4 and a half and thankfully no hip problems here yet but I’m afraid it’s coming since he loooves jumping, running up and down the stairs, and diving off the dock. Hopefully not though!

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